7 simple steps that ACTUALLY MATTER to building a winning pinewood derby car. I built a car in 45 minutes using these steps and crushed all the competition by more than 2 car lengths (proof is in the video :) Special thanks to Steve at DerbyMonkey.com for providing his expertise and materials for the video.

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7 Key Steps:
1. Max weight ~1" in front of rear axle
2. Reasonably aerodynamic
3. Ride on 3 wheels
4. Lightweight wheels
5. Bent polished axles
6. Railride/alignment
7. Lots o' graphite


Dr. Acton's video: pinewoodphysics.com/index.html

Pre-polished, bent axles to purchase: www.derbymonkeygarage.com/pre-bent-pinewood-derby-axles-p/1404.htm

Also on derbydust.com which is where the photo came from

Lightweight wheel options to purchase: www.derbymonkeygarage.com/wheels/

More details on polishing the axles: automobilrevue.net/v/d2RkLVpGYmVtSVU

Axle bender tool: automobilrevue.net/v/WnBOUnQwRjFZWFE

More details on Rail Rider alignment: automobilrevue.net/v/OUg5NnV1Zm55Z2s

Materials used in the video provided by www.derbymonkeygarage.com. It's also the only place I could find the pre-polished bent polished axles. Link provided above.

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    • Justin Todd
      Justin Todd

      I don’t know if the rules would ban an idea like this, but what if the weight at the back of the car was on some sort of slide that enabled it to slide to the front of the car once it hits the flat transition in the track. I haven’t thought about the logistics of ow it would be done, but I wonder if it would give it a sort of slingshot boost...

      about 16 hours ago
    • Eva Beaver
      Eva Beaver

      My car was a carrot 😂 We called him Kevin and he won first place.

      about 1 day ago
    • repisknef

      Thanks man! Watched the video and my son took first tonight out of 27 cars.

      about 1 day ago
    • Springtrap

      It has to be at least 5 or 8 ounces or something

      about 1 day ago
    • Springtrap

      I’m in the pinewood derby and I’m about to do it

      about 1 day ago
    • Charelle miraculous
      Charelle miraculous

      I followed those instructions and I won the race at my school . Thank you so much!

      about 1 day ago
    • The Impish Dullahan
      The Impish Dullahan

      Where was this video 10 years ago? Although, by my 3rd and last year having done this, I did actually implement some of these and placed fourth.

      about 1 day ago
    • duckfacelol

      i have never heard of pinewood derbies tbh

      about 1 day ago
    • Tom Booru
      Tom Booru

      The advice in this video is pretty good, I might try it someday.

      about 1 day ago
    • Adelaide Dupont
      Adelaide Dupont

      Ah the Pinewood Derby! Always makes me think of *Little Rascals* .

      about 2 days ago
    • Joosh

      In my technical education class, we made balloon powered cars, propellor powered cars, and now we're making mouse trap powered cars. Never saw this car though.

      about 2 days ago
    • Jake Molnar
      Jake Molnar

      How come he took a wheel of

      about 2 days ago
    • Tim Stewart
      Tim Stewart

      Everyone knows you need a super conductor used in partical acceleration to win the PineWood derby.

      about 2 days ago

      My dad knew all of this and helped me win several Pinewood Derby championships back to back as a kid. Haven't though about this stuff in a long time. This was nostalgia for me. Thanks bro!

      about 2 days ago
    • Josiah Blanco
      Josiah Blanco

      who is watching this for school:)

      about 2 days ago
    • Carson Laubach
      Carson Laubach

      thanks this gave me ideas and hopefully this year i win.

      about 3 days ago
    • datfirstthingis roblox and more
      datfirstthingis roblox and more

      you were on a summer camp book *-*

      about 3 days ago
    • Marissa

      To put graphite on your wheels, could you not just scribble on them with pencil?

      about 3 days ago
    • Tony Calacci
      Tony Calacci

      Unfortunately, most all these speed tweaks are illegal in our district.  Boils down to tungsten in the right high spot and polished nails for us.

      about 3 days ago
    • Joshua Manley
      Joshua Manley

      lol camber kit

      about 3 days ago
    • Swap Nayak
      Swap Nayak

      You could've put one wheel in the middle in the front for three wheels.

      about 4 days ago
    • Todd P
      Todd P

      If we only had YouTube back in the day. I remember building a car with my dad, but I got smoked! Lol

      about 4 days ago
    • Leeatra Vaughn
      Leeatra Vaughn

      Thanks! I was 3rd last year!

      about 4 days ago
    • adamyaw

      4,200 kids father’s apparently told them THEIR car would be faster

      about 4 days ago
    • ThatOneUglyKid

      You forgot to overclock your wheels and add RGB it decreases friction substantially.

      about 4 days ago
    • SwagerSoles

      My dad helped me and I won EVERY year lol 😂and actually my competitors hot angry cuz I won every year lol

      about 4 days ago
    • Angie Brodland
      Angie Brodland

      Is it fair to call it a 45 minute car? Are you counting the research time?

      about 4 days ago
    • TheMilitantHorse

      I used to do these for several years in Cub Scouts. It was always one of the big days for our pack, race day. My last year in the Cub Scouts, I made a Skate Board, and boy was it fast. It also won 2nd for most unique. It was glorious.

      about 5 days ago
    • JLDR57

      good video

      about 5 days ago
    • Plasticgamerkid YT
      Plasticgamerkid YT


      about 5 days ago